Do I need an Earthquake Gas Shut Off Valve?

Do I need an Earthquake Gas Shut Off Valve?

What is an Earthquake Gas Shut Off Valve, and why should I consider installing one?

Intended to close a gas line in the event of an earthquake, these devices prevent gas flow into a structure where earthquake damage may have occurred. This greatly reduces potential risk of explosion, or fire, if a gas line is broken, or if a gas supply is flowing in an uncontrolled way after a major seismic event.

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Western Rooter talks about Hydro Sewer Line Jetting in Beven & Brocks News Letter

AVOIDING A REALLY BAD DAY!

Most everyone knows that plumbing problems can occur on their own schedule. Not only are they unpredictable but they can occur when least convenient, such as during the middle of the night or on holidays and weekends. The unpredictable nature of plumbing emergencies can also make them more expensive to resolve, since the probability of interior damage to flooring, walls and personal property is high.

The good news is that associations can take steps to remove the “surprise” element of some plumbing emergencies. There are proactive steps an association can take to avoid plumbing emergencies as it pertains to sewer drain clogs. This requires the commitment of the board to responsibly budget for regular drain cleaning service at least once a year, if not more frequently.

It is easier to remember to budget for tree trimming annually because we see the trees every day and appreciate them. But sewer pipes are a bit different. We don’t appreciate the drain lines until one back’s up. The good news is that there are ways to limit the emergency calls, and proactively keep your sewer lines healthy. Just like your personal health it’s important to keep your heart arteries clear so that way you don’t have a sudden heart attack.

There are a few options to clearing a sewer drain: traditional roto-rooter and hydro-jetting.

The traditional roto-rooter approach utilizes a machine with cable and sharp blades to cut roots, clean out other debris in the sewer line. The hydro-jetting process is more intense and utilizes trailer mounted equipment that uses up to 4,000 PSI and pushes 13-20 gallons per-minute through the sewer line. The bottom line is that hydro-jetting uses a larger machine to effectively cut roots, and blast out grease and debris. The roto-rooter approach by comparison is far less effective. The cost of the roto-rooter approach as opposed to the hydro-jetting approach is about one-third to one half. Older sewer pipes, such as cast iron, which is more common in HOA’s is more problematic.

There are a few options to clearing a sewer drain: traditional roto-rooter and hydro-jetting. The traditional roto-rooter approach utilizes a machine with cable and sharp blades to cut roots, clean out other debris in the sewer line. The hydro-jetting process is more intense and utilizes trailer mounted equipment that uses up to 4,000 PSI and pushes 13-20 gallons per-minute through the sewer line. The bottom line is that hydro-jetting uses a larger machine to effectively cut roots, and blast out grease and debris. The roto-rooter approach by comparison is far less effective. The cost of the roto-rooter approach as opposed to the hydro-jetting approach is about one-third to one half. However the effectiveness is ? (How would you describe this?)

The effectiveness is this. If a sewer line has tons of grease /sludge/ kitchen waste debris hydro jetting is the best solution for this. It cuts and blows grease out of the sewer line cleaning the entire pipe.

If a sewer if full of grease and you run a tradition cable / and blades thru the line it it’s like poking a temporary hole thru jello. You may get the line clear/ flowing but the grease will come back quickly. Imagine trying to screw something into jell-o. Hydro jetting is very effective for this. Lots of HOA complex have typically heavy grease/ kitchen debris build up in their sewer lines. The grease is typically found in the kitchen sewer lines.
Roots- roots can be cut out a few different ways. But a traditional cable and blades will get the job done if you you have roots in your sewer line. The technician may have to work the root infested area longer than Normal however a traditional blade, cable and roto-rooter machine can effectively clear the sewer .

Over the last few years the hydro jetting technology has improved so much they now make tips/ nozzles to effectively target what you are trying to clean…roots, grease and other debris.
A hydro jet can effectively cut roots very fast and efficient. It will take less time than a cable and blade that being said it is a little more expensive.

Hydro jetting can effectively cut roots if the hired company has the right Equitment to cut roots with their hydro jetting machine.
-typical soft clog / baby wipes/ toilet paper/ hair/ food waste/ female products etc.

A common clog of the items listed above can be easily taken care of with a traditional cable /blade and roto rooter machine. The blades with clean the diameter of the pipe along with pushing all debris to the main city sewer. It is important to make sure the service tech cleaning the sewer runs his machine with blades to effectively clean the sewer. Not uncommon for plumbers to find inappropriate items in the drain, such as grease, baby wipes, and excessive food waste. All of these items should not be in a cast iron sewer pipe as the grease and acidity from food waste can actually eat away at that sewer pipe over time. Also, most people aren’t aware that soda or bacon grease should never be run down the drain. Grease will actually harden over time as it sits over time. The garbage disposal should not be used as a trash can.

When bidding for this service you should always insist that the company remove all sewer line caps and utilize the hydro-jetting method in the sewer line. After the hydro- jetting is performed require that the company washes down the driveway or surrounding area where the sewer line is, to insure everything is cleaned.

Regular hydro jetting maintenance can cut down on frequent back ups, remove grease and debris in the sewer line to help the pipe last longer and avoid unforeseen and expensive emergency calls.

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Start saving water this Fall season!

Indoors
You’ve purchased some WaterSense labeled products and started down the road to savings, but don’t stop there. There are lots of things you can do in your own home to reduce water use and get more from less. Just follow our simple tips below to get started!

11,000 Gallons of Water = 270+ Loads of Laundry

Here, there, and everywhere:

Fix a Leak: Small household leaks can add up to gallons of water lost every day. That’s why WaterSense reminds Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year in March during Fix a Leak Week.

In the bathroom—where over half of all water use inside a home takes place:
Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
Showers use less water than baths, as long as you keep an eye on how long you’ve been lathering up!
Learn tips on how to Shower Better here!

In the kitchen- whip up a batch of big water savings:
Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.
Use a dishwasher; and when you do, make sure it’s fully loaded!
While you’re at it, scrape that plate instead of rinsing before loading it into the dishwasher.
Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
Thaw in the refrigerator overnight rather than using a running tap of hot water.
Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
In the laundry room—where you can be clean AND green:
Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.”

Outdoors
Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 7 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household’s outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent.

In the yard—be beautiful and efficient:
Create a water-smart landscape that is both beautiful and efficient to give your home the curb appeal you desire.
Timing is everything! Knowing when and how much to water allows you to keep a healthy landscape.
Upgrade to a WaterSense labeled controller if you have an in-ground irrigation system.
Find a certified irrigation professional to install, maintain, or audit your irrigation system to ensure it is watering at peak efficiency.
Take a look at the Landscape Photo Gallery for inspirational examples of beautiful, water-smart landscapes from across the country.

Other outdoor uses—drop that hose and keep it covered:
Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing off.
Wash the car with water from a bucket, or consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.
If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.”

Pipe Burst? Toilet Clogged? Western Rooter & Plumbing is here for you! 626.448-6455

Burst pipes are a serious plumbing emergency that can lead to major water damage in your home. Preventing burst pipes can best be achieved by carefully inspecting your home’s pipes for signs of cracks or wear. Additionally, it is important to wrap any exterior pipes to prevent them from freezing during the winter. For indoor pipes, make sure they are able to stay above freezing by leaving cabinet doors open during the coldest winter days.

If a burst pipe occurs, it is important to act quickly by shutting off the water to the home. This can be done by using the shut-off valve located outside. Once the water has been turned off, you will then need to contact an emergency plumber who can repair the pipe and restore your plumbing back to normal. If you have more questions about how to prevent and handle a burst pipe, then contact Pasadena Emergency Plumbing for further assistance.

If your toilet is clogged, there are several options that you can try to fix it. However, make sure that you do not continue to flush it because this will add more water to the toilet bowl. In addition, it helps if you know what is causing the clog because the unclogging method that you use will depend on this.

One method is to use a toilet plunger. It is best to choose a plunger with an extra rubber piece on its bottom to create the best seal possible around the toilet’s drain. If a plunger does not work, you could try to use a toilet snake if you have one. These snakes are long thick tubes that can push through the clog. If you do not have a snake, you could try a homemade version by straightening a wire hanger and pushing it down the toilet drain as far as possible. If these manual methods do not work, try chemicals. An enzyme-based solution may take several hours to work, and it will only work on organic matter. More powerful chemical solutions are also available. If you have any further questions about this, contact the Pasadena Emergency Plumbing company.

Emergency Plumbing Service 626.448.6455 Full Plumbing & Drain cleaning service

As you gaze dumbstruck at the pipe in your bathroom that has just shattered, you will need a Pasadena Emergency Plumbing Service right away. Water damage can cost quite a lot of money to fix, and you will want to get the pipe itself repaired as quickly as possible. Most plumbers will show up with some handy pieces of equipment and several different kinds of tools. They may have to put a temporary cap on the pipe until they can permanently fix it.

Clogs can cause major emergencies as well. If a large object has gotten stuck in the main sewage line leading out of the house, you will likely be unable to wash dishes, take showers, or even flush the toilet. Because human beings must naturally emit waste on a rather regular basis, you will have no choice but to call a plumber as soon as possible. In some cases, the water from the broken main may be pouring into the basement without hindrance. As you wait for the plumber to arrive, you will need to move some of your most valuable objects to higher ground. For example, important pieces of electronic equipment should be kept dry as long as possible.

Once you have moved your valuables, you can concentrate on slowing the flow of water temporarily. Turning off the water within the house will be a good start and can be done with the turn of a handle. Pasadena Emergency Plumbing Service will be able to get you squared away in no time at all. Workers can even direct you to a few cleanup companies that are skilled at handling flood damage. In some cases, a whole new set of pipes will have to be installed. You should take this opportunity to procure some new copper fittings for various areas of the house.

PEX Piping VS. Copper Piping…Western Rooter & Plumbing Installs it all

Most people are asking us to compare PEX Piping vs. Copper Piping. We are pulling all this information from different sites on line that have done research about this.

PEX (or crosslinked polyethylene) is part of a water supply piping system that has several advantages over metal pipe (copper, iron, lead) or rigid plastic pipe (PVC, CPVC, ABS) systems. It is flexible, resistant to scale and chlorine, doesn’t corrode or develop pinholes, is faster to install than metal or rigid plastic, and has fewer connections and fittings.
Advantages of PEX Plumbing

Flexible PEX tube is manufactured by extrusion, and shipped and stored on spools, where rigid plastic or metal piping must be cut to some practical length for shipping and storage. This leads to several advantages, including lower shipping and handling costs due to decreased weight and improved storage options.
PEX plumbing installations require fewer fittings than rigid piping. The flexible tubing can turn 90 degree corners without the need for elbow fittings, and PEX tubing unrolled from spools can be installed in long runs without the need for coupling fittings.
Attaching PEX tube to fittings does not require soldering, and so eliminates the health hazards involved with lead-based solder and acid fluxes; PEX is also safer to install since a torch is not needed to make connections..
PEX resists the scale build-up common with copper pipe, and does not pit or corrode when exposed to acidic water.
PEX is much more resistant to freeze-breakage than copper or rigid plastic pipe.
PEX tubing does not transfer heat as readily as copper, and so conserves energy.
Water flows more quietly through PEX tube, and the characteristic “water hammer” noise of copper pipe systems is virtually eliminated.
PEX plumbing installations cost less because:
PEX is less expensive than copper pipe.
Less time is spent running pipe and installing fittings than with rigid pipe systems.
Installing fewer fittings reduces the chances for expensive callbacks.

PEX connection methods

Standard Connection Method

The standard method for connecting PEX pipe to brass PEX fittings uses a copper crimp ring and a PEX crimping tool. The copper crimp ring is inserted over the pipe, the fitting is inserted inside the pipe, and the copper ring is crimped over the pipe and fitting using the PEX crimping tool. Tools, fittings and crimp rings are available from several suppliers. Information about testing standards for this method can be found on the ASTM standards page.

All this comes from http://www.pexinfo.com

Copper piping

Advantages of Copper:
Durable and flexible, making it easy to installSafer in natural disastersWeather and bacteria-resistantResists corrosion, more so than other metalsUnaffected by ultraviolet rays, so it can be used outsideCopper does not release toxic gases in a fire because it resists burningIn earthquakes, the slightly elastic pipes flex so that they don’t snapCopper is recyclable, making it a more sound environmental choice
Disadvantages of Copper Piping
Can corrode
Has become expensive
With higher levels of copper from corrosion, water can have a metallic taste
Copper can freeze and break during cold water
Compare the prices of PEX and copper piping to help understand the

differencesbetween the two:

PEX Prices
3/8″ – $0.38
1/2″ – $0.40
5/8″ – $0.62
3/4″ – $0.76
1″ – $1.26

Copper Prices
3/8″ – $4.87
1/2″ – $5.67
5/8″ – $7.31
3/4″ – $10.21
1″ – $13.38
http://www.plumbingnetworks.com/info/pex-copper/

This is the PEX piping installed in a new construction home

 

PEX piping installed in new home

Sewer Cameras can help you find a ring in the sink!

Accidentally dropping an item down the drain does not mean that it is lost forever. Even if you cannot see your lost item, you can still get it back using these tips and tricks.

If you lost something that is made of iron or steel, you can use a magnet to get the object out. Most tool shops carry telescoping magnets designed for this purpose. Simply push the magnet into the drain hole as far as it will go, and pull it back out slowly. You might need to make several attempts before you are successful.

For retrieving objects that are non-magnetic, try a flexible grabber. Also available at most tool shops, they work by actually grabbing onto the object with retractable metal hooks. To use the grabber, insert it into the drain, and push down on the thumb lever so the hooks open. Move the grabber around until you feel it making contact with your item. Release your thumb to retract the hooks, and pull the grabber out.

If you are unable to retrieve an item that has fallen down one of your drains, contact the experts at The Pasadena Emergency Plumbing Company immediately for assistance.
If not taken care of properly, a slow moving drain can quickly become a clogged drain. Hair and soap build up are frequent contributors to the problem. While there are a variety of chemical-based drain cleaners, you can also unclog your drain with two items you probably already have in your pantry.
If you have ever made a volcano out of baking soda and vinegar, then you are already well versed in the impressive qualities these two items have when they are combined together. Simply put a good quantity baking soda down your drain, then pour vinegar in after it and wait at least 15 minutes. The foaming,frothing action actually works very well to clear drains, but it may take several applications. Flush your drain with hot water after each attempt.

Of course, some clogs need something stronger. If this is the case, it is time to call the professionals at Pasadena Emergency Plumbing for assistance.

We are Pasadena Emergency Plumbers! 24/7 service!

As you gaze dumbstruck at the pipe in your bathroom that has just shattered, you will need a Pasadena Emergency Plumbing Service right away. Water damage can cost quite a lot of money to fix, and you will want to get the pipe itself repaired as quickly as possible. Most plumbers will show up with some handy pieces of equipment and several different kinds of tools. They may have to put a temporary cap on the pipe until they can permanently fix it.

Clogs can cause major emergencies as well. If a large object has gotten stuck in the main sewage line leading out of the house, you will likely be unable to wash dishes, take showers, or even flush the toilet. Because human beings must naturally emit waste on a rather regular basis, you will have no choice but to call a plumber as soon as possible. In some cases, the water from the broken main may be pouring into the basement without hindrance. As you wait for the plumber to arrive, you will need to move some of your most valuable objects to higher ground. For example, important pieces of electronic equipment should be kept dry as long as possible.

Once you have moved your valuables, you can concentrate on slowing the flow of water temporarily. Turning off the water within the house will be a good start and can be done with the turn of a handle. Pasadena Emergency Plumbing Service will be able to get you squared away in no time at all. Workers can even direct you to a few cleanup companies that are skilled at handling flood damage. In some cases, a whole new set of pipes will have to be installed. You should take this opportunity to procure some new copper fittings for various areas of the house.

Accidentally dropping an item down the drain does not mean that it is lost forever. Even if you cannot see your lost item, you can still get it back using these tips and tricks.

If you lost something that is made of iron or steel, you can use a magnet to get the object out. Most tool shops carry telescoping magnets designed for this purpose. Simply push the magnet into the drain hole as far as it will go, and pull it back out slowly. You might need to make several attempts before you are successful.

For retrieving objects that are non-magnetic, try a flexible grabber. Also available at most tool shops, they work by actually grabbing onto the object with retractable metal hooks. To use the grabber, insert it into the drain, and push down on the thumb lever so the hooks open. Move the grabber around until you feel it making contact with your item. Release your thumb to retract the hooks, and pull the grabber out.

If you are unable to retrieve an item that has fallen down one of your drains, contact the experts at The Pasadena Emergency Plumbing Company immediately for assistance.